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Special Educational Needs

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if the outstanding appeals under section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980, relating to children with special educational needs, will be expedited.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : Work is proceeding as quickly as possible on complaints to the Secretary of State under section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. Such complaints are made by parents of children with records of needs alleging that an education authority has failed to discharge its duty.

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to issue revised guidance to education authorities on records of needs for children with special educational needs.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : I hope to do so later this year.

Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce reforms to the records of needs procedure for children with special educational needs, so as to (a) provide for an appeal to an independent tribunal and (b) specify a time limit for completing records of needs.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton : The incidence of appeals against the terms of records of needs--around five per annum--is insufficient to justify the setting up in Scotland of a statutory tribunal to hear them.

The Scottish Office education department has issued guidance specifying the timescale within which a record of needs should normally be completed. Research by Edinburgh university in 1989 showed that over one half of all records of needs in Scotland are completed in under six months and nearly three quarters in under eight months. I regard that as a sound achievement, but I shall continue to encourage education authorities to improve on this performance.


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Green Belts

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his policy for the protection of green belts in and around urban areas of Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 January 1993] : My right hon. Friend's policy for protecting green belts is set out in Scottish Development Department circular 24/1985. Our consistent policy has been to maintain and enhance green belts.

EC Committees

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings of committees of the EC each Scottish Office Minister chaired during the most recent United Kingdom Presidency.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 January 1993] : I assume that the hon. Member is referring to meetings of the Council of Ministers. Scottish Office Ministers did not chair any meetings of the Council of Ministers during the United Kingdom presidency. However, my hon. Friend, the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, lead for the United Kingdom at the Fisheries Councils on 19 October and 23 November and shared the lead for the United Kingdom at the Fisheries Council on 19 December, and also attended the Agriculture Council on 26 October. My hon. Friend, the Minister for Education for Scotland, attended the Education Council on 27 November. On the occasions where Scottish Office Ministers do not personally attend, they are represented at all meetings of the Council of Ministers by senior officials or by their colleagues in the United Kingdom Government.

Dounreay (Radioactive Leak)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when his Department was informed of the leakage of radioactive liquor at the Atomic Energy Authority's Dounreay nuclear power development establishment on 21 November 1992 ; what off-site contamination resulted from the leakage ; and how many such incidents have been brought to the attention of his Department since 1988.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 January 1993] : A report of this incident was made to my Department on 26 November 1992. No off-site contamination occurred ; radioactivity was confined within the immediate plant area.

Since 1988, four incidents involving radioactive liquor have been reported to my Department from civil nuclear installations in Scotland.


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Competitive Tendering

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to make a statement on the results of his consideration of representations received on the consultation document, "Competing for Quality : Competition in the Provision of Local Services;" and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [ holding answer 20 January 1993 ] : My right hon. and learned Friends the Secretaries of State for the Home Department and for the Environment and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for National Heritage announced the outcome of the Government's consideration on 10 November 1992. These announcements covered England, Scotland and Wales. My hon. Friend the Minister for Education and Housing made a separate announcement on 10 November in relation to home-to-school transport in Scotland.

Officials are currently holding detailed discussions with representatives of local government, including the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, on the practical aspects of implementing the Government's decisions.

European Parliament

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last formally and collectively met members of the European Parliament representing Scottish constituencies; what matters he discussed; when he next plans to meet them; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland last met Scottish MEPs formally and collectively on 9 July 1991. Various issues relating to Scotland and the European Community were discussed. There are no immediate plans for a further such meeting.

Ambulance Service

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next plans to meet representatives of the work force of the Scottish ambulance service to discuss the efficient operation of services within (a) the Argyll and Clyde health board area and (b) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [ holding answer 14 January 1993 ] :My right hon. Friend has no plans to meet representatives of the work force. There are recognised procedures and channels for communication between staff and managers and between trade unions and management on issues relating to the efficiency of the operation of the Scottish ambulance service.

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will hold a full public inquiry into the operation of the ambulance service within the Argyll and Clyde health board area; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [ holding answer 14 January 1993 ] : Until my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has reached a decision as to whether a fatal accident inquiry into the death of Mr. Adleigh should be held, it is not appropriate to consider whether any other form of formal inquiry should be undertaken into the service within Argyll and Clyde health board area.


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Mr. McCartney : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the percentage of ambulances in each service in Scotland that responded within (a) eight minutes and (b) 14 to 20 minutes to emergency calls in 1991-92.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 January 1993] : There is only one ambulance service for the whole of Scotland and the information in 1991 -92 is as follows :


              |Percent        

------------------------------

 0-8 minutes  |49             

14-20 minutes |95             

Super-quarries

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what environmental impact assessment has been carried out of the proposal by Redland Aggregates for a super-quarry in South Harris ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 21 January 1993] : As required by the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 1988, an environmental assessment of the proposal accompanied the planning application by Redland Aggregates Ltd. to the Western Isles islands council. The matter is currently before the islands council, although my right hon. Friend issued a direction in September 1991 requiring the application to be referred to him should the council be minded to approve it. Because of my right hon. Friend's possible involvement in this matter at a later stage, I am unable to comment further.

Mr. Simon Hughes : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what planning policy guidance he has issued with regard to super-quarries and aggregate mining ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 21 January 1993] : National planning guidelines on the working of aggregates in Scotland were issued in 1977. These guidelines, which are still extant, acknowledge the economic potential of coastal super-quarry developments and suggest that they would, in principle, be acceptable if damage to the environment is limited through careful choice of location and detailed site proposals. Following the commitment given in the Environment White Paper "This Common Inheritance" (Cm 1200) all planning guidance is now being reviewed. In July 1992 a draft national planning policy guideline (NPPG) entitled "Land for Mineral Working" was issued for consultation. This will supersede the 1977 guidelines later this year and will provide the context within which local authorities should prepare up to date development plan policies for mineral working, including super-quarries where appropriate, in full consultation with the local community, and with regard to the economic needs and environmental considerations of their area.

KS Properties Ltd.

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his answer of 17 December 1992, Official Report, column 457, what information his Department had on the company named on the mortgage deed filed at Companies House, Edinburgh, when


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approving the writing-off by the Scottish Development Agency of moneys due under the mortgage deed from KS Properties Ltd., and on the availability of assets in KS Properties Ltd. for the purposes of repaying the loan.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 22 January 1993] : My answer of 17 December, Official Report, column 457 related to the writing off of the balance of a loan owed to the Scottish Development Agency by KS Construction Ltd. The Scottish Office has never been invited to approve the writing off of any debt owed to the agency by KS Properties Ltd.

Mr. David Shaw : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which present or past directors of KS Construction Ltd. or KS Properties Ltd. are or have been members of area boards involved with Scottish Enterprise, its predecessor body or any other publicly funded enterprise board or organisation in Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 22 January 1993] : I am not aware that any person whom my right hon. Friend has appointed to any enterprise board or organisation in Scotland is or has been a director of KS Construction Ltd. or KS Properties Ltd. Membership of boards to which my right hon. Friend does not make appointments is generally a matter for the bodies concerned ; and information is not held centrally.

Dentistry

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate his Department has made of the total fixed capital in the hands of dentists in Scotland, and of return on that capital, over the last three years.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 January 1993] : No such estimate is made by the Department. The return on capital is one of the factors that the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration takes into account when recommending the target average net income for dentists.

Mr. Kirkwood : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is planning to maintain the current level of NHS dental services in Scotland ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 18 January 1993] : The Government remain committed to a comprehensive NHS dental service. Health boards in Scotland are responsible for making arrangements for adequate provision of general dental services in their areas. Health boards have been reminded that they may seek approval to employ salaried dentists if they think this is necessary to ensure the continued availability of NHS dental services in their areas.

Engineering Industry

Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action his Department has taken to assist engineering manufacturing industry in Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 January 1993] : The Scottish Office Industry Department assists the engineering industry in Scotland by providing advice on exports, technology and best management practice and by providing grant-aid. Grants are available to help


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companies to introduce new products and processes, to obtain specialist advice and, in certain areas, to undertake capital investment projects.

Nuclear Waste

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for East Lothian on Monday 11 January, c. 635, what financial provision is to be made either by his Department or by Scottish Nuclear Ltd. for the eventual permanent storage or disposal of high-level nuclear waste following its removal from the planned temporary dry stores at Torness and Hunterston.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 20 January 1993] : As indicated in my earlier answer, no decision has yet been taken about Scottish Nuclear Ltd's proposed dry store for spent AGR fuel. In the circumstances described in the hon. Member's question, financial provision would be a matter for Scottish Nuclear Ltd.

Enterprise Zones

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria he applies in determining whether an area should be awarded enterprise zone status ; which areas currently meet the criteria ; which areas currently enjoy enterprise zone status ; if he has any plans to review the criteria ; if he has any plans to make further awards ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 27 January 1993] : Enterprise zones are essentially policy instruments to encourage the physical and economic regeneration of areas with particular environmental, physical and economic problems. Since 1987, following an interim evaluation of the enterprise zone experiment, it has been Government policy that enterprise zone designation is an instrument to be used only in exceptional circumstances, where the costs can be justified and where there are no alternative, more cost-effective measures available.

The case for enterprise zone designation for an area is measured against three basic criteria, broadly the nature and severity of problems in the area ; the likely cost-effectiveness of enterprise zone designation compared with other available measures ; and the extent to which authorities and agencies can ensure the success of the zone. If these basic criteria are met, the case is considered in greater depth by reference to a range of more detailed issues. Enterprise zone arrangements are, however, kept under constant review. European Commission approval is required for any designation proposals.

Enterprise zones are currently designated in Inverclyde, Invergordon and Tayside in Scotland. Orders were laid before Parliament on 12 January proposing enterprise zone designation for sites in Lanarkshire with effect from 1 February 1993.

My right hon. Friend has no plans for further designations in Scotland other than as set out in the orders for Lanarkshire referred to above.

Renfrewshire Enterprise

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the annual cost of renting or leasing the premises of Renfrewshire enterprise in Causeyside street, Paisley ; what is the annual cost of providing heating and


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lighting for these premises ; what is the cost per square foot for each year of these respective charges ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Allan Stewart [holding answer 27 January 1993] : These are operational matters for Scottish Enterprise, and I have therefore referred the hon. Member's question to the chairman of Scottish Enterprise.

Small Businesses

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what schemes his Department operates to provide assistance to small businesses ; if he will indicate the eligibility criteria for each scheme ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 27 January 1993] : My Department itself operates the following schemes of assistance to small businesses.

Regional Investment Grant

Available to businesses in development areas with fewer than 25 employees for investment projects. It covers 15 per cent. of the cost of fixed assets to a maximum of £15,000.

Regional Innovation Grant

Available to independent businesses or groups in the development areas with fewer than 50 employees for innovation projects. It covers 50 per cent. of agreed project costs to a maximum of £25,000. Small firms also have access to a number of schemes designed to meet their needs and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. Other more widely available forms of assistance such as regional selective assistance are open to small firms and they can also benefit from a full range of schemes operated and delivered through Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the network of local enterprise companies.

Textiles

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing the number of people employed in the textiles industry in (a) Scotland (b) Strathclyde and (c) Renfrew district in each year since 1973 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 27 January 1993] : The information requested is given in the table.


Textiles industry employment in Scotland, Strathclyde       

region and                                                  

Renfrew district 1973-1990                                  

            |Scotland   |Strathclyde|Renfrew                

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1973        |68,238     |27,762     |6,706                  

1974        |65,261     |26,983     |6,573                  

1975        |57,523     |23,731     |5,743                  

1976        |55,041     |22,842     |5,463                  

1977        |54,610     |22,547     |5,505                  

1978        |51,672     |20,918     |4,981                  

1979        |48,331     |19,286     |4,785                  

1980        |43,708     |16,612     |4,262                  

1981        |36,891     |13,050     |3,324                  

1982        |31,758     |10,544     |2,700                  

1983        |30,374     |10,415     |2,359                  

1984        |30,743     |10,367     |2,036                  

1985        |31,387     |10,494     |1,921                  

1986        |31,782     |10,695     |2,034                  

1987        |30,790     |10,873     |2,019                  

1988        |29,088     |9,794      |1,862                  

1989        |27,689     |9,350      |1,868                  

1990        |25,652     |8,854      |1,640                  

Source: Scottish Register of Employment.                    

Note: The Scottish Register of Employment only holds        

information for manufacturing units with 11 or more         

employees.                                                  

As the table shows, textiles industry employment in Scotland declined considerably between 1973 and 1990. This decline was, however, accompanied by a significant improvement in labour productivity.

Over recent years the industry has faced particularly difficult trading conditions but levels of activity are likely to increase as the economy recovers.

The Scottish textiles industry has a fine export record and export orders increased between 1991 and 1992.

Whisky

Mrs. Ewing : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the numbers employed in Scotch whisky distilling for each year since 1979; and if he will provide a breakdown by (a) parliamentary constituency, (b) regional/island council and (c) district council in Scotland.

Mr. Stewart [ holding answer 21 January 1993 ] : Figures from the Scottish Register of Employment relating to plants manufacturing Scotch whisky are as follows :


                    |Number of employees                    

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1979                |22,600                                 

1980                |21,900                                 

1981                |20,100                                 

1982                |18,000                                 

1983                |15,900                                 

1984                |14,600                                 

1985                |12,900                                 

1986                |12,300                                 

1987                |11,100                                 

1988                |10,100                                 

1989                |10,000                                 

1990                |10,700                                 

1991<1>             |10,400                                 

<1>Provisional.                                             

The breakdowns requested are available on the NOMIS database in the House of Commons Library. Library staff are ready to assist in accessing the information if necessary.

Local Government Finance

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much each district local authority received in per capita contribution of aggregate external finance in each of the past five years ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stewart [ holding answer 28 January 1993 ] : The information is provided in the table for each year since aggregate external finance was introduced. The per capita figures have been calculated using the Registrar General for Scotland's mid-year estimates of total population.


                        |1990-91       |1991-92       |1992-93                      

                        |AEF per capita|AEF per capita|AEF per capita               

                        |£             |£             |£                            

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Berwickshire            |65.86         |98.85         |105.24                       

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |68.29         |101.99        |105.69                       

Roxburgh                |78.44         |109.74        |105.69                       

Tweeddale               |68.43         |102.06        |105.74                       

Clackmannan             |87.02         |126.51        |140.38                       

Falkirk                 |84.24         |111.87        |123.95                       

Stirling                |109.24        |137.48        |152.56                       

Annandale and Eskdale   |61.68         |89.99         |94.04                        

Nithsdale               |66.39         |94.45         |107.16                       

Stewartry               |55.79         |90.02         |91.88                        

Wigtown                 |71.04         |103.96        |112.01                       

Dunfermline             |78.04         |108.21        |120.28                       

Kirkcaldy               |75.08         |103.59        |116.77                       

North East Fife         |79.18         |113.13        |125.16                       

Aberdeen City           |111.88        |142.33        |152.89                       

Banff and Buchan        |78.19         |103.59        |112.09                       

Gordon                  |68.94         |100.25        |109.34                       

Kincardine and Deeside  |71.46         |94.46         |102.51                       

Moray                   |75.22         |103.32        |119.85                       

Badenoch and Strathspey |70.88         |109.04        |104.92                       

Caithness               |75.17         |107.17        |112.88                       

Inverness               |74.98         |99.35         |102.79                       

Lochaber                |98.75         |136.88        |140.15                       

Nairn                   |72.38         |97.09         |101.34                       

Ross and Cromarty       |105.83        |138.61        |148.05                       

Skye and Lochalsh       |101.44        |167.24        |173.35                       

Sutherland              |120.86        |135.86        |146.44                       

East Lothian            |85.76         |122.72        |134.87                       

Edinburgh City          |111.51        |155.83        |172.91                       

Midlothian              |84.24         |106.41        |120.91                       

West Lothian            |76.54         |106.98        |121.58                       

Argyll and Bute         |111.92        |174.76        |193.11                       

Bearsden and Milngavie  |76.59         |104.78        |113.69                       

Clydebank               |143.15        |163.64        |175.17                       

Clydesdale              |82.88         |115.84        |127.87                       

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |78.29         |100.49        |112.16                       

Cumnock and Doon Valley |87.46         |116.41        |127.75                       

Cunninghame             |101.24        |125.15        |141.52                       

Dumbarton               |88.53         |110.54        |127.81                       

East Kilbride           |66.01         |87.19         |97.18                        

Eastwood                |61.30         |89.84         |94.74                        

Glasgow City            |188.19        |212.36        |225.91                       

Hamilton                |87.87         |116.11        |129.61                       

Inverclyde              |105.73        |132.72        |148.50                       

Kilmarnock and Loudon   |85.51         |107.59        |118.91                       

Kyle and Carrick        |88.37         |113.77        |126.18                       

Monklands               |105.31        |141.19        |160.55                       

Motherwell              |98.25         |126.86        |143.79                       

Renfrew                 |95.91         |127.93        |140.78                       

Strathkelvin            |89.86         |115.71        |121.05                       

Angus                   |73.58         |103.05        |112.31                       

Dundee City             |112.31        |153.48        |169.74                       

Perth and Kinross       |85.78         |113.60        |120.59                       

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing for each local authority in Scotland the proportion of local authority finance (a) including and (b) excluding housing, derived from (i) central Government, (ii) business rates, (iii) rents, fees and charges and (iv) poll tax in the financial year 1992-93.

Mr. Stewart [holding answer 28 January 1993] : The information requested is given in tables 1 and 2. Table 1 shows proportions of local authority income in 1992-93, excluding housing and table 2 shows the proportions including housing. The proportions shown in respect of community charges are inclusive of community charge benefit receipts from central Government. Figures on income from rents, fees and charges on services other than housing are not available centrally.


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Table 1                                                                                             

                        |(1)               |(2)               |(3)                                  

                        |Revenue support   |Non domestic rate |Community charges                    

                        |grant and specific|income 1992-93    |1992-93                              

                        |grants 1992-93                                                             

                        |per cent.         |per cent.         |per cent.                            

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Borders                 |78.1              |10.7              |11.2                                 

Central                 |61.6              |22.1              |16.3                                 

Dumfries and Galloway   |75.4              |12.3              |12.3                                 

Fife                    |62.5              |22.1              |15.4                                 

Grampian                |69.0              |19.5              |11.4                                 

Highland                |72.3              |17.0              |10.7                                 

Lothian                 |55.5              |24.7              |19.7                                 

Strathclyde             |66.9              |18.6              |14.6                                 

Tayside                 |69.0              |17.1              |13.9                                 

                                                                                                    

Berwickshire            |72.5              |14.5              |13.0                                 

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |58.3              |21.4              |20.3                                 

Roxburgh                |62.6              |17.1              |20.2                                 

Tweeddale               |69.8              |14.8              |15.4                                 

Clackmannan             |47.1              |25.4              |27.5                                 

Falkirk                 |51.1              |38.1              |10.8                                 

Stirling                |39.6              |32.2              |28.1                                 

Annandale and Eskdale   |49.8              |18.5              |31.7                                 

Nithsdale               |54.1              |21.2              |24.7                                 

Stewartry               |63.1              |15.7              |21.2                                 

Wigtown                 |63.7              |10.9              |25.4                                 

Dunfermline             |50.5              |27.3              |22.2                                 

Kirkcaldy               |49.7              |25.8              |24.5                                 

North East Fife         |60.9              |13.9              |25.2                                 

Aberdeen City           |40.1              |36.7              |23.2                                 

Banff and Buchan        |48.3              |31.4              |20.3                                 

Gordon                  |69.9              |14.1              |15.9                                 

Kincardine and Deeside  |71.8              |18.0              |10.2                                 

Moray                   |64.9              |22.5              |12.6                                 

Badenoch and Strathspey |56.4              |20.9              |22.7                                 

Caithness               |67.2              |19.6              |13.2                                 

Inverness               |51.1              |31.5              |17.5                                 

Lochaber                |54.4              |29.7              |15.9                                 

Nairn                   |67.2              |9.4               |23.4                                 

Ross and Cromarty       |63.4              |17.1              |19.6                                 

Skye and Lochalsh       |72.7              |10.2              |17.1                                 

Sutherland              |73.3              |8.9               |17.8                                 

East Lothian            |49.2              |25.0              |25.8                                 

Edinburgh City          |46.1              |22.7              |31.2                                 

Midlothian              |64.5              |13.2              |22.4                                 

West Lothian            |65.3              |20.3              |14.4                                 

                                                                                                    

Argyll and Bute         |59.9              |17.4              |22.7                                 

Bearsden and Milngavie  |63.9              |9.7               |26.4                                 

Clydebank               |56.9              |19.8              |23.3                                 

Clydesdale              |53.8              |15.0              |31.2                                 

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |55.1              |21.3              |23.6                                 

Cumnock and Doon Valley |64.1              |12.8              |23.1                                 

Cunninghame             |48.4              |29.3              |22.4                                 

Dumbarton               |38.1              |18.0              |44.0                                 

East Kilbride           |41.9              |21.2              |37.0                                 

Eastwood                |75.5              |9.3               |15.1                                 

Glasgow City            |45.2              |31.8              |23.0                                 

Hamilton                |53.6              |16.9              |29.6                                 

Inverclyde              |62.1              |13.5              |24.4                                 

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |57.9              |18.7              |23.4                                 

Kyle and Carrick        |44.1              |19.2              |36.8                                 

Monklands               |60.3              |13.8              |25.9                                 

Motherwell              |60.6              |18.0              |21.4                                 

Renfrew                 |48.7              |19.4              |31.9                                 

Strathkelvin            |57.8              |10.3              |31.9                                 

Angus                   |65.5              |18.3              |16.2                                 

Dundee City             |51.7              |25.1              |23.2                                 

Perth and Kinross       |54.8              |23.4              |21.9                                 

                                                                                                    

Orkney                  |77.1              |15.3              |7.6                                  

Shetland                |61.5              |33.4              |5.1                                  

Western Isles           |89.3              |6.6               |4.1                                  


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Table 2                                                                                                                          

                        |(1)                 |(2)                 |(3)                 |(4)                                      

                        |Government grant    |Non domestic rate   |Housing (Rents, fees|Community charges                        

                        |1992-93             |income 1992-93      |and charges)        |1992-93                                  

                                                                  |1992-93                                                       

                        |Percentage          |Percentage          |Percentage          |Percentage                               

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Borders                 |78.1                |10.7                                     |11.2                                     

Central                 |61.6                |22.1                                     |16.3                                     

Dumfries and Galloway   |75.4                |12.3                                     |12.3                                     

Fife                    |62.5                |22.1                                     |15.4                                     

Grampian                |69.0                |19.5                                     |11.4                                     

Highland                |72.3                |17.0                                     |10.7                                     

Lothian                 |55.5                |24.7                                     |19.7                                     

Strathclyde             |66.9                |18.6                                     |14.6                                     

Tayside                 |69.0                |17.1                                     |13.9                                     

                                                                                                                                 

Berwickshire            |33.7                |6.7                 |53.5                |6.0                                      

Ettrick and Lauderdale  |31.7                |11.7                |45.6                |11.0                                     

Roxburgh                |30.6                |6.8                 |54.7                |8.0                                      

Tweeddale               |40.5                |8.6                 |41.9                |8.9                                      

Clackmannan             |23.0                |12.4                |51.2                |13.4                                     

Falkirk                 |20.8                |15.3                |59.5                |4.3                                      

Stirling                |22.3                |17.9                |44.2                |15.6                                     

Annandale and Eskdale   |30.0                |7.7                 |49.2                |13.1                                     

Nithsdale               |27.2                |10.6                |49.8                |12.4                                     

Stewartry               |32.7                |7.2                 |50.3                |9.8                                      

Wigtown                 |31.2                |4.8                 |52.9                |11.1                                     

Dunfermline             |25.3                |13.7                |50.0                |11.1                                     

Kirkcaldy               |23.6                |12.3                |52.5                |11.6                                     

North East Fife         |38.4                |8.8                 |37.0                |15.9                                     

Aberdeen City           |21.1                |19.3                |47.5                |12.2                                     

Banff and Buchan        |23.5                |15.3                |51.4                |9.9                                      

Gordon                  |49.8                |6.6                 |36.3                |7.4                                      

Kincardine and Deeside  |50.5                |9.2                 |35.2                |5.2                                      

Moray                   |33.8                |11.7                |48.0                |6.5                                      

Badenoch and Strathspey |39.6                |10.6                |38.3                |11.5                                     

Caithness               |37.1                |7.3                 |50.7                |4.9                                      

Inverness               |29.2                |13.6                |49.6                |7.6                                      

Lochaber                |45.5                |10.6                |38.2                |5.7                                      

Nairn                   |38.0                |4.2                 |47.3                |10.4                                     

Ross and Cromarty       |45.0                |7.1                 |39.8                |8.1                                      

Skye and Lochalsh       |61.8                |5.0                 |24.8                |8.3                                      

Sutherland              |45.6                |3.7                 |43.4                |7.4                                      

East Lothian            |25.6                |13.0                |47.9                |13.4                                     

Edinburgh City          |29.2                |14.2                |37.1                |19.6                                     

Midlothian              |39.3                |8.0                 |39.1                |13.6                                     

West Lothian            |35.1                |10.9                |46.3                |7.7                                      

Argyll and Bute         |38.2                |10.8                |37.0                |14.0                                     

Bearsden and Milngavie  |47.8                |7.2                 |25.6                |19.4                                     

                                                                                                                                 

Clydebank               |27.3                |9.3                 |52.6                |10.9                                     

Clydesdale              |29.1                |8.1                 |46.0                |16.9                                     

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth |37.5                |14.5                |31.9                |16.1                                     

Cumnock and Doon Valley |26.4                |5.3                 |58.8                |9.5                                      

Cunninghame             |25.9                |15.6                |46.6                |11.9                                     

Dumbarton               |20.7                |9.8                 |45.5                |24.0                                     

East Kilbride           |36.1                |18.9                |10.0                |33.0                                     

Eastwood                |59.8                |7.4                 |20.9                |11.9                                     

Glasgow City            |24.4                |14.4                |50.7                |10.5                                     

Hamilton                |24.7                |7.8                 |53.8                |13.6                                     

Inverclyde              |29.4                |6.3                 |52.9                |11.4                                     

Kilmarnock and Loudoun  |27.3                |8.8                 |53.0                |11.0                                     

Kyle and Carrick        |26.1                |11.3                |40.8                |21.6                                     

Monklands               |25.6                |5.9                 |57.1                |11.1                                     

Motherwell              |25.7                |7.8                 |57.6                |9.1                                      

Renfrew                 |25.0                |9.9                 |48.6                |16.4                                     

Strathkelvin            |35.6                |6.3                 |38.4                |19.6                                     

Angus                   |35.3                |9.9                 |46.1                |8.7                                      

Dundee City             |22.9                |11.2                |55.6                |10.3                                     

Perth and Kinross       |31.8                |13.5                |42.0                |12.7                                     

                                                                                                                                 

Orkney                  |73.5                |14.4                |4.9                 |7.2                                      

Shetland                |60.3                |28.6                |6.7                 |4.4                                      

Western Isles           |85.3                |5.9                 |5.1                 |3.6                                      

1. Column 1 consists of Revenue Support Grant, Specific Grants and Housing Support Grant.                                        

2. Column 3 includes standard rental income from unrebated rents.                                                                

Forestry Sales

Mr. Nigel Griffiths : To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list in respect of Forestry Commission plantations sold since October 1991 (a) those in respect of which access agreements have been concluded and (b) those in respect of which access agreements have not been concluded, indicating the reasons why access was not given in each case.

Sir Hector Monro [holding answer 22 January 1993] : The arrangements for securing continued public access to woodlands sold by the Forestry Commission were introduced in October 1991. The Commission has sold 18 areas of forest land since then, in addition to those sales which were too far advanced in October 1991 to be included for consideration under the new arrangements.

An access agreement has been concluded in respect of one of these areas, Steam Mills in Gloucestershire. Access agreements were not concluded for the other areas, which are listed, for the reasons given.

Newbridge and Chirk By-pass, Clwyd


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Newport-Worcester Trunk Road, Gwent

These were sales for highway improvements.

Ifton Quarry, Gwent

Valley Woods, West Glamorgan

These were sales which arose from the exercise of reserved powers in the title, eg a landlord's right to resume possession of a leased area.

Blackwater Copse, Dorset

Markshall, Suffolk

Penyrallt (land at), West Glamorgan

These sales were to former owners under the offer-back procedures.

Barton Manor Woods, Isle of Wight

Fishpond, Hampshire

Oxendean, Borders

Oxlease, Hampshire

Patervan, Borders

Tall Boys, Hampshire

These areas were subject to third party rights, eg where the access to the area was over land owned by a third party who was not willing to join in an access agreement.

Dromore, Dumfries and Galloway

Glenscripesdale (part), Highland

These areas were sold to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Corrieour, Tayside


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Mount Pleasant, Highland

The local authorities decided not to take up the offer of an access agreement for these areas.


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